London Southend, (in the UK) which had a re-launch earlier this month as a London airport that is to be taken seriously, just got given the go-ahead to extend its terminal by a further 90 meters. Whilst this doesn’t sound much, for a smaller airport like this, it will give the airport a chance to increase the number of check in desks, screening points and increase the size of the departures and arrivals areas to allow it to cope with it’s estimated growth to 2 million passengers a year by 2020.
London’s Southend airport is much like London City, as it is still much of a secret airport that most London-bound passengers don’t use, which make it quiet and convenient to use. Currently it only houses easyJet and Aer Lingus Regional, with a limited route network, but with what seems a fairly successful launch, it will only be a matter of time before further airlines join the mix, and make this a real destination to be reckoned with.
Whilst I am still yet to visit the terminal, it’s on my list of destinations, as I want to see how the terminal works, how it looks and how easy it is to use. As for most of East Londoners, it’s closer (time wise) than Stansted, Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick, only London City providing a faster journey to the airport. From Stratford, it’s easy to be at check-in within 50 minutes and from London Liverpool street, it’s under an hour. Here’s a tip for all those coming to London for the Olympics later this year, Southend could be on of the most convenient and affordable airports to fly in and out of, so all those European travellers should check out the deals available.
London Southend Airport Managing Director Alastair Welch says “We are very pleased that Rochford Council has indicated they support this extension, which will ensure that we are able to maintain the high levels of customer service we intend to be the hallmark of London Southend Airport as our passenger numbers grow. This is also further evidence of the role the redeveloped airport is playing in supporting the regeneration of the wider economy.”
Construction work on the extension is planned to get underway later this year.